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>> pelley: tonight, the elley:ador's s.o.s. document after document shows chris stevens asked the state department for more security before he was killed in libya. sharyl attkisson has the story. as the campaign grows shorter, the attacks grow sharper. the president accuses mitt romney of forgetting his own positions. >> i think it's called romnesia. (laughter) >> pelley: the romney campaign calls the remark "unpresidential ." reports from nancy cordes and jan crawford. she's not only brave, she's tough. the teenager shot by the taliban comes out of her coma. charlie d'agata is at the hospital. and "on the road." steve hartman joins the hunt for a primate. he's little but he's at large. >> i realize he's made a monkey out of me. captioning sponsored by cbs
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. ee pelley: good evening. in the weeks before his death, u.s. ambassador chris stevens sent the state department several requests for increased encurity for diplomats in libya. stevens and three other beericans were killed this past september 11 in a terrorist attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi and, in a separate attack that same night on a safe house where the consulate staff had been evacuated. stevens' memos were obtained by the house oversight and government reform committee, which is investigating the attacks, and our sharyl attkisson got ahold of the memos today. >> reporter: ambassador stevens ssrsonally pressed for strengthened security in a series of cables to state department headquarters in washington. on july 9, 2012, stevens sent a request for extension of temporary duty personnel. that refers to a 16-man military temporary security team with expertise in counterterrorism. they were set to leave in august but stevens asked to keep them
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through mid-september. on august 2, six weeks before he died, stevens requested protective detailed bodyguard positions, saying the added guards "will fill the vacuum of security personnel currently at post who will be leaving within the next month and will not be replaced." he called the security condition in libya unpredictable, volatile and violent. it's not known what happened to that request. on august 8, as the special security teams left libya, another cable from stevens says "a series of violent incidents has dominated the political landscape" and calls them "targeted and discriminate attacks." then, on september 11, the day de ambassador lost his life, he sent this benghazi weekly report. it expressed libyans' growing frustration with police and security forces who were too weak to keep the country secure. haeutenant colonel andrew wood led the u.s. military team that left libya in august. he testified before congress last week. did ambassador stevens or the
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regional security officer fight losing another team? >> yes. yes. >> reporter: how did they do that? >> it was quite a degree of the s ustration on their part. they were clenched fist over the whole issue. >> reporter: today the state department told us an independent board is conducting a thorough review of the assault, scott, and once they have the results they can fully address the questions. >> pelley: sharyl, thank you. s.e libya attack has become a contentious issue in the presidential race. mitt romney accuses the president of misleading the public about whether the attack was an act of terrorism. so we asked david martin to help us straighten out what the administration said and when it said it. >> reporter: shortly after he e oke to state department plployees about the attack on the consulate in benghazi, president obama sat down with steve kroft of "60 minutes" for a previously scheduled interview. it had been about 14 hours since the attack and the president told kroft he did not believe it was due simply to mob violence. >> you're right that this is not
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a situation that was exactly the same as what happened in egypt and my suspicion is that there are folks involved in this who were looking to target americans from the start. >> reporter: shortly after, that he stepped into the rose garden and spoke of the killing of four americans as if it were a terrorist attack. >> no acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great vetion. >> reporter: he was reflecting the judgment of u.s. intelligence which, according to one official, concluded in the hours immediately after the attack it was an act of terror. but four days later, susan rice, the u.s. ambassador to the u.n., appeared on "face the nation" and made the attack sound more like a violent demonstration than an act of terror. >> soon after that spontaneous protest began outside of our consulate in benghazi we believe that it looks like extremist stements, individuals, joined in that effort with heavy weapons of the sort that are unfortunately readily now
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elailable in libya post- revolution. and that it spun from there into something much, much more violent. >> reporter: over that same uekend, u.s. intelligence began to uncover evidence that there had not been a protest outside the consulate. that new intelligence did not get to rice before she appeared on the sunday talk shows, making her the target of republican accusations the administration nis trying to cover up the terrorist attack. three days later, matthew olson, the head of the national counterterrorism center, was asked point blank was benghazi a terrorist attack? >> i would say yes. they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack. >> reporter: it was the first inme an administration official had said it so directly even though u.s. intelligence had believed it almost from the start. >> pelley: david, thank you. there was an ominous sign today that syria's civil war is spreading to the wider middle ddst. next door in lebanon a massive bomb killed the general in
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charge of lebanese internal security. at least seven others died. the general recently accused syria of plotting to destabilize lebanon. lebanon is challenged by many of the same ethnic and religious divisions that are fueling the syrian war. the pakistani girl who was shot in the head last week by the taliban appears to be getting better. malala yousafzai was attacked because of her campaign to open more schools to girls. monday, the 15-year-old was flown to britain for treatment and charlie d'agata is there. >> reporter: the first thing tlala asked nurses when she woke up out of her coma was "what country am i in?" in this first photo released today, malala's eyes are open and she appears alert. with a tracheotomy inserted to allow her to breathe, she's not able to speak, but doctors say she's been communicating freely by writing. her last memory was being on her school bus in pakistan when a
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taliban gunman shot her for fighting for a girl's right to an education. doctors said a bullet struck malala just above her left eye, bazing her brain and traveled down through the side of her jaw, damaging her skull and left jawbone. it passed through her neck and lodged into the issue above her left shoulder blade. surgeons in pakistan removed the edllet. david rosser is a spokesperson for the hospital in birmingham. charlie d'agata, cbs news. you've had a few days of assessments. what can you tell us about neurological damage? >> there is certainly physical damage to the brain, that's for certain. at this stage we're not seeing any deficit in terms of function. she's able to stand, she's got motor control so she's able to write. whether there's any subtle intellectual or memory deficits wn t the line is too early to say. >> reporter: malala is fighting an infection caused by the bullet. it will take weeks to clear before the doctors start
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reconstructive surgery. doctors say malala is not out of the woods yet. >> pelley: charlie's joining us now in birmingham. charlie, i wonder, is malala aware of what happened to her and why? >> scott, doctors told us today that malala knows what happened, she knows why she's here. she also knows that the world is watching, which is one of the reasons she decided to share the information about her progress and to thank everybody for their support. >> pelley: thanks, charlie. we got a good jobs report today. a labor department report shows unemployment fell last month in 41 states, including most of swing states that may decide this election. in nevada, unemployment has fallen from 13.6% a year ago to 11.8%. it's still the highest in the nation. in ohio it's down from 8.6% to 7%, and in florida unemployment fell from 10.4% to 8.7%.
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iere are just 18 days left in the presidential campaign. aday the attacks got sharper and even more personal. nancy cordes is with the obama campaign tonight. nancy? >> reporter: scott, over about so past week or so the president's attacks on romney have been getting more personal and today's speech in virginia was the harshest yet. he repeatedly used phrases like "sales pitch" "snow job" and "sketchy" to describe romney's proposals. >> i mean, he's changing up so much, backtracking and side stepping. we've got to -- we've got to ame this condition that he's itiog through. (laughter) i think -- i think it's called romnesia. (cheers and applause) >> reporter: the president accused romney of switching positions on abortion, tax cuts, and energy production. >> and if you come down with a case of romnesia -- (laughter). -- and you can't seem to
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remember the policies that are still on your web site -- (laughter). s- or the promises you've made over the six years you've been forning for president, here's the good news: obamacare covers preexisting conditions! (cheers and applause) we can fix you up! (cheers and applause) we've got a cure! >> reporter: late this afternoon, vice president biden picked up on the "romnesia" rift saying romney's running mate paul ryan had also contracted the disease. scott, part of the goal here is to fire up democrats, get them more eager to vote now that early voting is under way in about half of those battleground states. >> pelley: nancy, the attacks certainly fired up the romney campaign. jan crawford is with the campaign tonight. jan? >> reporter: well, scott, a senior romney advisor told me this afternoon he was stunned by the president's "romnesia"
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remarks. he said it was just unpresidential. but other campaign strategists who are not involved with the romney campaign told me they weren't surprised. they said this race has been contentious and over the next two and a half weeks, they said, it's only going to get worse. on the campaign trail, romney has tried to turn the attacks back on the president. >> his campaign is about smaller and smaller things and our campaign is about bigger and bigger crowds fighting for a bright future. >> reporter: but in recent weeks, romney has also grown increasingly aggressive. this was last tuesday's debate. >> this is a president who has not been able to do what he said he'd do. he said he'd cut in half the deficit, he hasn't done that, either. in fact, he doubled it. >> reporter: he's hitting mr. obama for what he calls his failed record. >> i just think the american people have expected that the president of the united states would be able to describe what n't! going to do in the next four years, but he can't!
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he can't even explain what he's done in the last four years. he spends most of his time trying to talk about how my plan won't work. well, what about his plan? we know his plan has not worked. >> reporter: now, romney has a rally here in daytona beach later tonight. a senior advisor tells me he does not plan to mention the president's romnesia remarks, scott. instead, he's going to keep his message focused on jobs, the economy, and the president's record. >> pelley: jan, thanks. don't forget, the candidates will debate one last time monday evening in boca raton, florida. cbs news will bring it to you live at 9:00 eastern time. bob schieffer, anchor of "face the nation," will be the moderator. on wall street today a big selloff. the dow lost more than 200 points after disappointing earnings from g.e., microsoft, and mcdonald's, three of the companies that make up the dow. there were early warning signs of safety problems at the pharmacy linked to the deadly meningitis outbreak.
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pharmacy in massachusetts and there seth doane found there were warning signs. >> reporter: according to state records, from the day new england compounding center opened in 1998 to the day it voluntarily shut down the company was inspected nine times by state and federal regulators. an inspection of the facility by the food and drug administration prompted a 2006 enforcement letter warning some of their procedures could lead to "potential microbial contamination." sheldon bradshaw is the former chief counsel of the f.d.a. he signed off on the warning letter to n.e.c.c. >> well, it's clear the company made a conscious decision to disregard that warning letter because only a few years later they were engaged in the behavior the f.d.a. warned them about. wareporter: we talked with a number of former employees who did not want to be identified. some praised the company's safeguards. others told us thaw a saw incidents where safety was sacrificed.
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one former employee told us they witnessed n.e.c.c. technicians handling drug vials without hair nets or gloves. another former employee said the company's owners debated as far back as 2009 whether the n.e.c.c. had crossed the line from compounding-- which involves mixing approved drugs for individual prescriptions, which is allowed-- to manufacturing, which would require more oversight. >> these large drug manufacturers who operate under the guise of traditional pharmacy compounding are clearly violating the law and they do so because they think they can get away with it. >> reporter: the n.e.c.c. is owned by businessman greg conigliaro and his brother-in- law barry cadden, a pharmacist. along with his extended family, conigliaro operates 12 companies, four of them, including a company that recycles foam insulation, are run from the same complex as the n.e.c.c.
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toreached out to the n.e.c.c. yor comment and they replied with an e-mail saying that they are cooperating with state and tderal officials but that they would not address the specific allegations made by the employees we spoke with. seth doane, cbs news, boston. >> pelley: 25 t.s.a. workers at newark liberty airport in new jersey are being fired and 19 others are being suspended. racurity cameras showed that they weren't checking the luggage properly and, in some cases, they failed to open bags that had been flagged by x-ray machines. newark, of course, is one of the airports where the 9/11 hijackers boarded a plane. a sunscreen that can lead to serious burns is the subject of a major recall. we'll have that next. have that next. ecipes? just begin with america's favorite soups. bring out chicken broccoli alfredo. or best-ever meatloaf. go to for recipes, plus a valuable coupon.
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>> pelley: sunscreen may be out of season for a lot of us, but there is an important recall to tell you about. today the maker of banana boat sunscreen recalled nearly two dozen of its ultra mist spray-on products. there is a risk that the lotion can catch fire when exposed to an open flame. in fact, five people have been burned already. we came across some remarkable video of a meteor that lit up the skies over the san francisco bay area wednesday night. nasa cameras captured it. astronomers say it was about the size of a car and probably broke apart before hitting the earth. more meteors are on the way this weekend when pieces of haley's
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comet streak past the earth. for folks who love the state fair of texas, it was a horrible site. big tex, the towering statue that's greeted visitors for 60 years, went up in flames. all that was left was a metal skeleton, some arms, and his 50- pound belt buckle. the fire started in the electrical system that moves big texas' mouth and head. the fair said today they were going to build him back better than ever. veeve hartman went on safari in the jungles of florida "on the road" is next. if you have high blood pressure and get a cold get coricidin hbp. the number one pharmacist recommended cold brand designed for people with high blood pressure.
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>> a monkey in this neighborhood. >> reporter: complete with flying fruit graphic. for nearly three years now, the tampa bay tv stations have been following this monkey like a hurricane. >> it's back there right now. >> here's the track of the mystery monkey. >> reporter: police have been trailing him too. >> think it went north of the fire department. >> reporter: no one is exactly sure where the monkey came from. it could be a runaway pet or a descendent of some monkeys left in florida after a "tarzan" movie shoot. regardless, authorities say he doesn't belong and needs to be caught. >> where'd he go? >> i will get him. >> reporter: animal trapper vernon yates is the monkey's arch-enemy. >> see if anything moves. >> reporter: he has already darted him several times but the animal always gets away. >> if i can get close enough to the monkey, i would just tackle him. >> reporter: you would tackle him? >> him and i would go into fighting on the ground. >> reporter: to vernon, this has become personal. >> i realize he's made a monkey out of me. >> reporter: he sounds like he's a little bit smarter than you are. >> in some ways i'll give him credit that he is. he knows not to get up into power lines. he'll run to a road; he stops and looks both ways for traffic before he runs across it. this is probably one of the most intelligent monkeys that i have ever seen.
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>> reporter: the monkey is also a master of public relations. over the years, he has posed for many priceless photo ops on people's back porches endearing him to the community and winning him snacks galore. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: even this grandma, who recently got scratched and bitten by the monkey, wishes him no harm. >> i feel really bad. i do not want to see the monkey shot or put down. >> people just want it to be free. it's a free loving animal. >> reporter: bill mcardle is owner of a video production company. he started the mystery monkey facebook page and also sold t-shirts supporting the simian. >> he represents freedom. freedom is why this whole country was founded on. >> i'm sorry, i don't think freedom is all that nice. >> reporter: you're talking about for a monkey? >> anything! >> reporter: okay. just trying to give you an out there. >> no. nobody can convince me that freedom is great. >> reporter: the point he was trying to make is that it's better to be in a cage with others of your own species than running around all alone. it's also why he is convinced the monkey will fall for his latest scheme, a trap baited with another live male monkey. why don't you put a girl monkey in there?
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>> you got one? >> reporter: no. >> i don't, either. [ laughter ] >> reporter: if it works, though, vernon is promising the monkey his own harem, a tempting deal for any male primate. but even if the monkey accepts, vernon admits that may not be the end of this. >> we put him in a cage and lock him up with some other girls, he's going to be smart enough to break out of the cage and take the girls with him. [ laughter ] >> reporter: people here can only hope. steve hartman, "on the road," in st. petersburg, florida. >> and that's the "cbs evening news" for this evening. i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley. i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes" and monday from the debate in boca raton. good night. captions by: caption colorado >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald good evening, i'm dana king. >> i'm ken bastida in for
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allen. does a past bankruptcy disqualify a candidate for public office? that's the question facing voters in a bay area city where four candidates admit that they have had money troubles. cbs 5 reporter len ramirez on how one of those candidates is trying to spin bankruptcy into a selling point. >> reporter: in the friendly town of gilroy, the political season is in full bloom. candidates's yard signs use words like character and leadership to describe themselves. but the word might be bankruptcy. >> i find that terribly distressing. >> reporter: antique shopkeeper gracie garcia is reacting to the headlines in the gilroy dispatch a newspaper finding four candidates on the ballot with a history of bankruptcy. they include mayoral candidate peter arellano who filed in 2004 and dion brocco who filed in 1988 as well as

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